Thursday, July 20, 2017

Book Review: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter, Book 1), by J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter, book 1)
By: J. K. Rowling
www.JKRowling.com
ISBN-10: 3348312193
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Harry Potter finds out that he is a wizard and is taken from his relatives’ horrible home to Hogwarts, the school of witchcraft and wizardry. When Harry realizes something is amiss at the school, it’s up to him and his new friends, Hermione and Ron, to sort out all the suspicious, magical grownups, including some of their schoolteachers, to find which one of them is guilty.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is a middle grade fantasy novel. It contains:

• Minor profanity (one use of d*mn)
• Violence (scary magical creatures chase the main characters, a unicorn was murdered and is bloody, fighting a troll, a plant nearly squeezes the life out of Harry and his friends, a death, a friendly ghost named Nearly Headless Nick shows children that his neck is nearly decapitated, references to parents’ deaths)
• Adults drink

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is the first book in a hugely popular fantasy series. The plot and characters are engaging, and the storyline is full of magic.


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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Book Review: Airman, by Eoin Colfer

Airman
By: Eoin Colfer
www.EoinColfer.com
ISBN-10: 0141383356
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Conor was convicted of committing treason against the king, and as a result he was thrown into jail on the Little Saltee island. Years later, Conor has made friends with some of the prisoners and is figuring out a way to escape the island. There’s just one problem: to escape, he’ll have to build a machine to fly himself out.

Airman is a young adult historical fiction standalone. It includes:

• Minor profanity
• Violence (killing, fighting, descriptions of and blood)
• A kiss

Airman is quite violent, but the humor and witty, sarcastic cast of characters stay true to the author’s trademark hilariousness. The plot is also engaging and has a steampunk vibe.

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Book Review: Fifth Grave Past the Light (Charley Davidson, book 5), by Darynda Jones

Book Review: Fifth Grave Past the Light (Charley Davidson, book 5), by Darynda JonesFifth Grave Past the Light (Charley Davidson, book 5)
By: Darynda Jones
ISBN: 978-1250014405
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When droves of dead women start showing up in her apartment, Charley needs to solve their case before her girl cave becomes standing room only. Then again, who could focus on the dead while suspecting her very alive next door neighbor of arson. 

Fifth Grave Past the Light gives the strong impression that the series is headed to bigger places than it might have first appeared. Expect the usual humor, pacing, and continued relationship development while a bunch of questions are answered and still more pop up to tantalize and torment. This installment is heavier on the sex than the prior books. 


The Charley Davidson series is an adult Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Romance series. This novel includes:
  • Profanity: F word (multiple uses), shit, ass hole
  • An Unfaithful spouse
  • Physical abuse, injuries, pain, dislocated joints, strangulation, stab wounds
  • Threatening to pull a child apart
  • Killing/death/horrific death
  • Implication that individual(s) may have been buried alive
  • Attempted rape
  • References to a naked dead man
  • Full male and female nudity 
  • Groping (private/public)
  • Many sex scenes (oral sex, use of props, to punish, many details)


More Charley Davidson Books:
  • Book 1: First Grave on the Right (Review)
  • Novella 1.5: For I Have Sinned
  • Book 2: Second Grave on the Left (Review)
  • Book 3: Third Grave Dead Ahead (Review)
  • Book 4: Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet (Review)
  • Book 5: Fifth Grave Past the Light (Review)
  • Book 6: Sixth Grave on the Edge
  • Book 7: Seventh Grave and No Body
  • Book 8: Eighth Grave After Dark (Review)
  • Book 8.5: Brighter Than the Sun (Review)
  • Book 9: The Dirt on Ninth Grave
  • Book 10: The Curse of Tenth Grave
  • Book 11: Eleventh Grave in Moonlight
  • Book 12: The Trouble with Twelfth Grave

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Book Review: The Name of this Book is Secret (The Secret Series, Book 1), by Pseudonymous Bosch

The Name of this Book is Secret (The Secret Series, book 1)
By: Pseudonymous Bosch
TheNameofthisWebsiteisSecret.com
ISBN-10: 1417829753
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A menacing group called the Midnight Sun are out to find the secret to immortality, and when a boy from Cass and Max-Ernest’s school goes missing, no doubt kidnapped by the Midnight Sun, it’s up to them to rescue him with some help from another secret society.

The Name of this Books is Secret is a humorous, entertaining, and creative middle grade mystery novel full of surprises. It is the first installment in a series of five books and contains:

• Brief conversation about excrement
• References to farts
• Minor profanity (one use of d*mmit, what the heck, oh my gosh)
• Kidnapping
• Plan to remove someone’s brains
• The main characters are in danger throughout the book, and there are many highly suspenseful scenes
• Reference to a monk cutting out his own eyelids
• Sneaking out
• Lying to parents

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Book Review: Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes, by Jonathan Auxier

Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes
By: Jonathan Auxier
www.TheScop.com
www.PeterNimble.com
ISBN-10: 1419700251
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Peter Nimble is a quick-witted thief, and spends his time picking pockets in the hopes of scrounging up some extra food to feed his hungry belly. His eyes were also pecked out by crows when he was a baby.

When Peter finds a pair of magical eyes in a box, he is suddenly whisked away to another part of the world, and is sent on adventures he never could have dreamed of. Will his daring escapades eventually reveal his long-lost identity?

It contains:

• Stealing
• Violence (action scenes, fighting, reference to birds pecking a baby’s eyes out)

Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes is a fun middle grade novel that will pull readers along on a sweeping fantasy journey along with the characters.

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Book Review: Invincible (Chronicles of Nick, Book 2), By Sherrilyn Kenyon

Invincible (Chronicles of Nick, book 2)
By: Sherrilyn Kenyon
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The Paranormal just keeps getting more freaky and now someone is murdering fourteen year old boys. Seeing as Nick is a fourteen year old boy with a bunch of evil hit men already after him, he finds that even more disturbing. Now all he has to do is unravel the mysteries and harness his new found powers if he wants to achieve living for a few more days. Just great.

Invincible (the second Chronicles of Nick book) picks up exactly where Infinity (book 1) leaves off. The story is paced and toned like the prior installment with more revelations and a little less focus on the "I need a girlfriend" angle. Chronicles of Nick is Young Adult, Paranormal Fantasy and incorporates a variety of magic, myth and not human characters such as shape-shifters, vampires, Greek deities etc.

Invincible Includes:
  • Really not wanting to remain a virgin
  • teen's obsession with the opposite sex
  • Kissing 
  • Teen girl gropes teen boy
  • Magic use
  • Language: Holy mother, P*ss, D*ck head, Skum sucking dog, cr*p, bullcr*p
  • references to a picture of someone mooning someone
  • Joke about mother sexually harassing teen (teen's way of objecting to being hugged)
  • Stealing
  • Lying
  • Blackmail
  • Injuries (references to blood and deep slices)
  • Murder (suffocation mentioned and murders made to look like suicides)
  • Gruesome (reference to a heart being cut out of a corpse - not detailed)

Chronicles of Nick:
  • #1 Infinity (Review)
  • #2 Invincible  
  • #3 Infamous
  • #4 Inferno
  • #5 Illusion
  • #6 Instinct
  • #7 Invision
  • #8 Intensity
  • #9 Untitled (exp pub 2018)
  • #10 Untitled (exp pub 2019)
  • #11 Untitled (exp pub 2020)
  • #12 Untitled (exp pub 2021)
  • #13 Untitled (exp pub 2022)
  • #14 Untitled (exp pub 2023)
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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Book Review: Devil to Pay (Night Huntress Universe, Novella 3.5) by Jeaniene Frost

Devil to Pay (Night Huntress Universe, novella 3.5)
By: Jeaniene Frost
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After decades of keeping her emotional distance, Elise runs into someone who makes her want to break down those walls. It figures he is the only guy out there with a legitimate reason for being suicidal.


Devil to Play is a stand alone short story in the Night Huntress Universe. It takes place after the third book in the Night Huntress Series, At Grave's End, and cameos several key Night Huntress characters (Cat, Bones, Mencheres). The story flips back and forth between two point of view characters and has a short but satisfying ending.

Devil to Pay is an adult paranormal romance and includes:
  • Drugs & intent to use
  • Attempted suicide and suicide
  • Blood Drinking
  • Sexual references to male and female intimate places, in particular during arousal
  • Profanity (F word, b*llsh*t, etc)
  • Demon possession
  • Killing (references to blood)
  • Full Male & Female nudity
  • Sex scene (brief cut away scene includes clothing removal, references to the act as well as what it feels like)
In comparison to Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress or Night Prince novels, Devil to Pay is extremely light on both the sexuality and the gruesome. Devil to Pay originally appeared in the Four Dukes and a Devil anthology.

Readers who enjoyed Devil to Pay may also enjoy the Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones.


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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Book Review: Through the Ever Night (Under the Never Sky, Book 2), by Veronica Rossi

Through the Ever Night (Under the Never Sky, book 2)
By: Veronica Rossi
www.VeronicaRossi.com
ISBN-10: 0062072064
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Can Perry and Aria work through their problems and sort out Perry’s troublemaking tribe, the Tides, to find the Ever Night, the only safe haven in the whole Aether?

Through the Ever Night is the sequel to the young adult dystopian book Under the Never Sky. It contains:

• Minor profanity (d*mn, b*stard, h*ll)
• Kissing
• Violence (stabbing, shooting, one character is poisoned, and death)
• Drinking

Through the Ever Night has a milder storyline than the first book, and there is less intrigue concerning the characters. The sexual content is also reduced by a fair amount.


More Under the Never Sky reviews:
Book 1: Under the Never Sky

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Book Review: Free to Fall, by Lauren Miller

Free to Fall
By: Lauren Miller
LaurenMillerWrites.com
ISBN-10: 0062199803
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In a near future, Gnosis is the new app that controls everyone’s lives—it makes every choice, whether it’s a difficult decision or an easy one, for you. When Rory starts attending Theden Academy, the best college around, she secretly feels uneasy about Gnosis’s constant presence. So when she meets North, a young man rebelling against the popular app, the two team up in the hopes of creating something like a revolution.

This is a young adult book that contains:

• Making out (kissing when shirtless and with tongue, references to hookups, one make-out session nearly leads to sex, brief explanation of orgasm)
• Profanity (sh*t, h*ll, *sshole, cr*p, b*tch, and p*ss)
• Violence (simulations involving murders, a death, tying someone’s wrists so tightly they bleed, tranquilizing someone, breaking bone)
• Teens drinking
• A sedative drug is used on one character willingly

Free to Fall is an interesting look at a dystopian society where everyone is saturated with technology. The main characters are likable, but some readers may find the plot a bit slow.


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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Book Review: We Are the Goldens, by Dana Reinhardt

We Are the Goldens
By: Dana Reinhardt
DanaReinhardt.net
ISBN-10: 0385742576
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Nell has a close bond with her sister, Layla, and she knows Layla’s deepest secret: she is currently in an intimate relationship with one of the teachers at their school. Nell doesn’t want to rat her sister out, but at the same time, she desperately wants to help her overcome something she knows is terribly unhealthy, and she isn’t sure if the loyal or responsible part of her will win out.

This is a young adult book and contains the following:

• Profanity (sh*t, d*mn, h*ll)
• A student is secretly dating their teacher
• Kissing
• References to making out
• References to sex
• References to deaths
• Divorce
• Mentions of drugs
• Underage drinking

We are the Goldens is an informative realistic fiction novel about a student-teacher relationship. Written in second person, it is easy to read, and there is a slight romance aspect on Nell’s part toward the end of the book.

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